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Your house greening your how is it really a big waste of money and not very green at all joining us now to discuss the best way.
To retrofit your is touting a -- on up Smart homeowner publisher he is joining us from Boston.
-- thank you senate for -- here's my issue people talk.
And right over and over again about -- their home.
And is there anything really green about ripping out floors ripping out cabinets just you have replaced -- -- and that -- and then replace him with say they have that.
Well it's a good question Kagan.
Yet you know in a lot of ways there is a good a good reason to do that I mean.
What we write about Smart -- magazine and we've been doing -- for the past seven years now.
Is how people can create more energy efficient healthy and eco friendly homes and we're not advocates for taking a perfectly good kitchen and ripping it out.
What we talk about with people is when it's time to replace your old refrigerator.
What are the options -- -- should consider to get the most energy efficient and green option possible.
I here's and here's my thing I just -- dean I would out and try to find Venus energy efficient refrigerator possible paid.
3500 bucks for it and I don't know how I will ever make back.
That money -- a thousand dollar refrigerator that's also Energy Star but not more efficient and less may -- Yeah and it picked electricity like five dollar the kilowatt hour.
Well they -- I think what you really need to look at is what's the cost -- what's the benefit.
You have to measure when you're buying something like that what you're putting in new furnace or more insulation.
How much -- going to -- -- what's the payback going to be is are gonna put money your pocket right now are -- gonna take ten years to pay off down the road so.
-- I suggest that all homeowners before they make a purchase like that.
Look at the costs look at the benefit do the math and then make a Smart decision.
And that's really what Smart homeowners about is -- -- -- help you make Smart decisions Tony Bryant however I mean but you know listen on the other side doesn't have to be economic I mean -- you know you wanna make money but.
Should a Smart decision also factor into the fact it is can use less energy regards what it costs.
Well I think so -- and a lot of Prius and a lot more expensive than other cars that are similar.
And I think there's -- case be made for that grind but.
In this day and age I think a lot of people say hey if it's good for the environment.
And it's good for my wallet then that makes a lot of sense there are people that'll do it because it makes sense for the environment.
I think when you have the best of both worlds on the -- win win situation.
But a lot of thanks Tony are they really good for the environment if you're -- -- -- -- refrigerator and the land fell.
And then all the energy that spent to make it knew when when all woman with perfectly good.
I think that's a very valid question.
And it's a question that many in the industry are struggling with -- now you know the idea of taking -- something that's perfectly good.
Thrown it away and buying something brand new may not be the best option possible.
What we talk about what I think makes a whole lot of sense is for folks that are.
At the end of the life cycle for a given appliance so.
Maybe don't rip out of perfectly get refrigerator maybe wait when -- free traders ready to go you find the right way to dispose of it.
And then you -- the model that is the most energy efficient and -- your budget.
Where is the fastest payoff is it in -- alert is in a refrigerator visited a dishwasher are whereas.
Well I think it depends on how much money you're spending but let me give you the quick and terror.
In my mind it's the little things what we call the low hanging fruit.
That could be anything from weather stripping your windows and doors.
More insulation in your attic.
CF -- very good option they're inexpensive and you know they don't -- they -- no problem -- got a call on the EPA.
I'm sorry go drop home.
-- -- let it kind of got a call -- like guys in masks to clean them up don't just the right right right well I mean you know there is Mercury in them and they have to be just you know disposed of properly but.
From the energy -- standpoint it is there Tony are off the green topic -- -- it's tough housing market for a lot of people out there and we hear what maybe you should I know it even if you're strapped invest a little bit of money in your home.
To make it look a little better and more attractive to a home buyer.
But I've also heard that there is almost no home improvement that will add value to your home -- never gonna make it all back.
Is that the case -- give us one or two things that people can do that actually will increase the value more than they spend to do the project.
Sure I mean I think.
You know with our conversation here we -- talking about is a very efficient.
Boiler system and alternative energy systems something like that because.
If you can install that in your house roll -- -- your mortgage.
Paid off over a certain amount time it's really going to increase the value of your home down the road because the new buyer.
Is going to have -- reduced energy costs by 60%.
Or maybe after it's all paid for they're gonna get free electricity for their home so that that's a real opportunity down the road.
How much of that money you think you make back dollar for dollar on the sale of -- house.
That's a good question and that really depends on where you -- a country envelope we talk about what a lot of homeowners want to know about.
Is what does it do form you rate now if you look at something like.
You know the Acadia heating cooling system from Hollowell you take a system like that you -- in your home and finance it.
And what you see is real money back in your pocket every month because your monthly payment is less than what you're saving energy back.
Bathrooms -- kitchens they don't that you're not gonna make more back and you're gonna spend on the right.
Well if you're talking about remodeling that's -- you know that's a challenge if you're talking -- adding a new bathroom.
Then there's a big opportunity to get money back there.
About the -- -- -- how quick is that gonna catch on.
I only ask about look at myself.
-- I'm glad that you work because I think geothermal is a great opportunity.
It's sort of been on the -- a little bit but it's picking up a lot of pace.
I'm over the last few years you know there's some manufacturers out there like climate -- -- water first that are doing great things.
But we geothermal you're looking at saving about 60%.
Of your energy bills so I think it's going to catch on -- main question is what type of rebates.
Are out there in how can you get money back from the investment in the system aside what you're saving energy but I think -- -- on the way out.
The kind we've got we've got to come back Tony we'll talk about solar and all that dad -- thank -- I think you're great -- -- -- -- he is with -- -- all right homeowner.
The publisher there.
Really hard did you -- -- your fiftieth floor penthouse and I got to work that out.
One of the most sought after.
I got home but I get a small home that's what green and it's funny how that other perfectly good points all right it is.
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